Wight Walks

Full details of the programme are available to members. To join, email our membership secretary. See the Join page for details.

Note: before going on any of these walks please contact the walk leader to say you want to attend and confirm details. If this is your first walk you may email the membership secretary who will provide you with the walk leader’s contact details.

Waverley - trip on the last sea-going paddle steamer

Participation at all these events is at your own risk.

Most of the walks meet at 10:15 am to depart promptly at 10:30 am.

31 March Ferry-linked IOW – Afton Down and Brook 11:45 6 miles
(picnic lunch)
Optional extra 2 miles
 each way from/to Yarmouth quay
Moderate pace
This walks links to ferry leaving Lymington 10.00, then from Yarmouth guay walk 2 miles along old railway track. Meet at Freshwater Causeway, note very limited parking but there should be parking in Afton Road. Up onto Afton Down for walk towards Brook, picnic lunch and down to Freshwater Bay and beach. Across marshes for optional high tea. Route is subject to change depending on the weather. (lifts back to Yarmouth quay may be possible). Contact Angela at least a week in advance: by Saturday 24 March, for catering and to confirm ferry times.
9 May Wed Isle of Wight - Tea shop walk 1:30 pm 3 miles
(tea shop)
Gentle pace
Meet at Tapnell Farm restaurant car park (not the play area one). On Newport Road - half way down (or up) the hill, signposted. Walk for about three miles on the Tapnell Trail, then time for afternoon tea.
25-28 May Weekend away Kairos Centre, Roehampton
The centre is an urban oasis in south-west London situated within acres of landscaped gardens and overlooking the historic Richmond Park. From this centre we will be able to explore the Thames Path, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Wimbledon Common, Barnes Wetland centre, Sion House, Osterley Park, Kew Gardens. All these are walkable from Kairos, but then there are 101 other places to walk within an easy tube or bus ride, e.g. Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath A variety of short and long walks will be organised but there will be freedom to plan your own day.
June 16 Ferry Linked Circular Walk, Brading to Bembridge 10:20 for
10:30 start
8 miles
Picnic lunch
optional pub dinner
Medium pace
Catch the 9:40 WightRider passenger ferry from Portsmouth Harbour to Brading Station. From Brading Station through to St Helens then to the river for a Picnic lunch. We then walk through Bembridge and on to the 18th century Windmill and head back to Brading Station through open fields and copse. There will be some road walking. Optional early evening meal at The Bugle Inn in Bembridge. Those coming from the mainland should then be able to catch the 6:28 train back to Ryde arriving back in Portsmouth 7:10. Please contact Chandra by 19 June to let her know you are coming and whether you will be staying for the evening meal.
7 July Isle of Wight - Nightjars on Mottistone Common 7:00 pm pub
or 9:00 pm
car park
2.5 miles
preceded by optional pub dinner Gentle pace
An evening stroll to hear, and hopefully watch, the nightjars on Mottistone Common. Join us for our evening meal at The Three Bishops, Brighstone or go directly to the car park at the lower end of Strawberry lane. Binoculars, torch and warm windproof clothing, advisable. You may like to bring a white handkerchief. When waved around, male nightjars think it’s another male and swoop to investigate. Contact Alan by 30 June to book meal, or to let him know to look for you in the car park.
18 August Isle of Wight - Niton Waterfall Walk 10:15 for
10:30 start
3 miles
(pub lunch)
Gentle pace
We head up onto to the downs, along to Bierley where we encounter the Falls on the Island. Then on to Wydcombe and circle back to Niton for lunch in the White Lion pub. Contact Ann by 11 August to let her know you are coming, and for lunch numbers. How Wightish that there is only ONE mapped waterfall on the Island but TWO villages pronounced Niton / Knighton.
15 September Ferry linked River Medina Flexiwalk 1.30 pm Figure of 8 walk,
4.5 miles (am)
or 9 if you walk back
Gentle pace
We meander along the Medina to Cowes. The latest ferry to permit this is the 12.15 Red Jet which links with the number 1 bus to Newport Bus Station. Mainlanders may like to take an earlier ferry from Southampton to Cowes, then go by bus to explore Carisbrooke Caste, Newport Roman Villa (or even sample the shopping in Newport – not recommended!). Please contact Ian by 8 Sept if you would like him to book a table for lunch at The Bargeman’s Rest. Tea shop stop in Cowes before catching the ferry back to the mainland or either walking or catching a bus back to Newport.
13 October Isle of Wight - Tennyson Trail 10:15 for 10:30 car park. 7 miles
(Picnic lunch)
Medium pace
We will be making our way to the Tennyson Trail, via edge of Westover, joining with path to Ashengrove. Taking footpath North of Calbourne road back to the Sun Inn.
15 December IoW Christmas Curry (or casserole) plus planning meeting 1:00 pm Walk
3:00 pm planning
5:00 pm meal
Short walk
dependent on weather
Meet at 1:00 pm for a short. Return for planning / party games followed by meal. Please contribute £5 for the meal plus a bottle. Please confirm attendance and whether you want Curry or Casserole by 8 December to allow for meal planning.